'Get over it!': Labour's Angela Rayner tells sacked Tory ministers to stop 'moaning'

James Morris
·Senior news reporter, Yahoo News UK
·2-min read
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Labour MP, Angela Rayner, after taking part in the party deputy leadership hustings at Ashton Gate Stadium on February 01, 2020 in Bristol, England. Five candidates are vying to become the new Labour deputy leader following the departure of Tom Watson who stood down in November last year. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
Angela Rayner pictured earlier this month (Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)

Labour deputy leadership favourite Angela Rayner has delivered a typically forthright message to former Tory ministers who have been sacked by Boris Johnson: “Get over it!”

The prime minister delivered his cabinet reshuffle on Thursday in which a number of high-profile MPs lost their ministerial jobs.

Without naming names, Rayner claimed she witnessed some of them “whinging and moaning” afterwards.

Known for her blunt speaking, she posted this riposte on Twitter.

To view this content, you'll need to update your privacy settings.
Please click here to do so.

MPs enjoy a salary of £77,379.

Julian Smith, Andrea Leadsom, Esther McVey and Geoffrey Cox were among the high-profile MPs who lost their jobs in Johnson’s reshuffle. Sajid Javid also shocked Westminster by later resigning as chancellor of the exchequer.

Read more: Sajid Javid resigns from government

It’s not the first time Rayner has mocked Tory MPs. In December, following the general election, she labelled a photo of all-white northern Conservative MPs as a “new branch of the Bullingdon Club”.

She has also spoken out against those in her own party. Last month, Rayner fired back at ex-deputy leader Tom Watson after he said her friend and flat-mate Rebecca Long-Bailey would be Jeremy Corbyn’s “continuity candidate” in the main leadership contest.

Read more: Rayner fires back at Watson over 'continuity Corbyn' jibe

She told Sky News: “As a northern working-class lass, I’ve been underestimated and told my place ever since I was born.

“And two northern women, I can tell you, will not be told that we are continuity anything from any man.”

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner during a visit to Ursuline High School and Sixth Form College in Wimbledon.
Angela Rayner is MP for Ashton-under-Lyne (PA)

Rayner is widely considered the favourite to become Labour’s next deputy leader.

The shadow education secretary has impressed during her campaign, with many questioning why she didn’t enter the main leadership race.

Brexit briefing: 322 days until the end of the transition period